Ask any blogger what they enjoy most about blogging, and they are most likely to say – engaged readers and huge revenue from their blog.
Unless you have been living under a rock for a decade, you’d probably know that writing stellar content on a daily basis is your key to establishing a successful blog. Yet, producing superior quality content is not always a walk in the park and can be quite hectic.
When I first started blogging, I found it really difficult. To be honest, it took me a week to write my first blog post of 800 words. And I wasn’t actually satisfied even after publishing it. The blog post gathered a few views and shares. But that was not enough for me.
And during that time, I realized one thing, hard work isn’t enough to build a successful blog. Of course, hard work pays off. But can you force yourself to think of a great business idea if you invest most of your time thinking about it? Perhaps! But it will drive you mad.
For a majority of people, good ideas strike randomly, uncertain slams of inspiration that we follow and develop later on. But there are also certain hacks that can be used to get the job done. And blogging is no different.
Blogging for so many years, I have discovered certain shortcuts and hacks that have made it a lot convenient to produce stellar content.
So if you are struggling to gather views on your blog posts, or publish content consistently, here are some tried and tested hacks to become a more effective blogger.
1. Let WordPress find internal links to your blog posts
You’d probably know how important internal linking is. Adding links to your new articles of those in your archives not only improves your blog’s SEO but also attract new visitors to your previously published post. So whenever you get an opportunity to link to one of your old blog posts, don’t hesitate.
WordPress offers an easy way to link to an existing content. Open your page/post editor, and click insert/edit link. A pop-up box will appear, you will notice an easily-overlooked option at the bottom of the dialog box i.e. Or link to existing content. Upon clicking that link, you will see all your pages and posts along with a search field to help you find the right article.
Click on the post you want to interlink and WordPress will copy the post URL and title fields up above.
2. Paste Rich Text without Formatting
Do you ever copy quotes from another blog and try to paste it in your own? And after pasting, do you find your content swimming in an alien formatting? Well, when you try to copy and paste content from another web page or website, it clashes with your content’s formatting since it comes with its own formatting, secret code, div tags and more.
However, there is a great hack to paste plain text. All you need to do is click on the plain-text clipboard icon in the menu bar and simply paste your content. This option allows you to paste text without its formatting.
But remember to switch back to regular pasting by again clicking paste-as-text option so that the text you cut and paste from your own post doesn’t get pasted without its original formatting.
3. Switching Heading Styles
This is one of the most useful hacks that every blogger should know. The hack enables you to modify the style of the heading with a tap of a key.
For example, to modify any text to an H2 tag put your cursor anywhere on the line and use CTRL+2 (for Windows/Linus users) and CMD+2 (for mac users). You can also change the heading style to H6.
Also, if you find an unwanted heading appearing while typing, you can use the same method to get things right.
4. Place Optimal Size Images
Visual content plays a vital role in driving a huge amount of traffic to your blog. It not only enhances the quality of your content but also boosts user engagement on your blog.
Even though WordPress makes various versions of an image you upload, making these images fit your blog is always a hassle.
However, WordPress comes with an option to ensure that the images you upload are always in an optimal size and do not ruin your website design.
Click on settings → media. A dialog box will appear with different images sizes. You can customize the size of each type of image in order to make your images fit neatly on your blog.
5. Optimize your images automatically with Smush.it
While adding visual content to your blog post improves user engagement, adding too many images can also increase the load time of your website. Having a slow loading website can not only repel users but also ruins your SEO ranking.
To prevent making your website load slower, consider compressing your images. The process of Image compression includes removing unnecessary information and data attached to the images. This way you reduce the size of the images without compromising quality.
WP Smush.IT is a popular plugin that allows you to compress images while uploading. Upon activation, WP Smush.IT runs in the background and automatically compress each image you upload.
6. Insert an EM dash without a UM
Being a writer, it becomes important to follow a standard writing style to avoid confusing your audience. However, with so many dashes, it gets difficult to get things right.
Thankfully, WordPress has a solution for this problem too. To get an EM dash, type three dashes in a row.
WordPress will convert these three dashes into an EM dash when you hit publish.
Remember, it will always appear as three dashes in your visual editor.
7. Edit your posts without using the editor
WordPress allows you to quickly make modifications to any blog post you have in your archive without having to open your post editor.
As an instance, to change the title of the blog, hover over it and you will immediately see a list of links appearing below the title. One of these links is
Quick Edit option that lets you edit your post without having to actually get to the post editor.
You can modify the following things using this shortcut:
- Change the title
- Change the permalink
- Change the publish date
- Set post to password-protected or private
- Edit the categories
- Edit the tags
- Turn comments and pings on/off
- Change the status of the post
- Make the post sticky
In simpler words, you can edit almost anything except for the body of the post.
8. Add post media directly to your Content
Similar to inserting links, a majority of people follow a similarly complicated process for inserting media.
However, did you know you can add post media directly to your content without having to use “Add Media” button or a shortcut Alt+Shift+m.
Instead, you can easily use drag and drop functionality to insert any type of image to your content wherever you want.
Yes, it’s that simple! Try it.
9. Schedule Your Blog Post
WordPress also lets you schedule your blog posts to publish them whenever you want. You no longer have to get up in the middle of the night just to make your post live. With WordPress’s schedule post option, your presence is in no way required to publish the post on the desired date at the desired time.
Once you are done writing/editing your post, click on the edit button in front of Publish Immediately. A pop-up box will appear with Date and Time option. Change it to your desired date and time and hit update to finalize your blog post schedule.
10. Change a standard post to a Sticky announcement
Have an amazing news or post to publish? You probably would want it to stick to the homepage while you keep adding new posts. Well, WordPress has an apt solution for this problem too.
Open the post editor, you will notice a Visibility: Public option in the publish module. Click on the edit link next to the Visibility option. You will need to check “stick this post to the front page” box to make the current post a sticky post. Unchecking it will put the post back into chronological order.
Become a professional blogger with these WordPress hacks
Setting up and maintaining a WordPress website is certainly a lot of work. However, using the aforementioned toolbox of time-saving WordPress blog post hacks, you can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend on completing most of the daily chores.
Save them in your memory, take them for a spin. You will soon realize how effective and useful they are.
But of course, it will take the time to get a hang of some of these shortcuts. Always keep in mind, you cannot become a WordPress master overnight. So take your time and use as many hacks as you can to make things a lot easier and convenient.